ICA Kicks Off 2011 Bull Sales In Bloomfield

Iowa Cattlemen's Association will hold its first performance-selected bull sale of the season on March 21 at the Bloomfield Livestock Auction in southeast Iowa. Big, rugged bulls that have met high standards will be sold.

Published on: Mar 17, 2011

The Iowa Cattlemen's Association will hold its first performance-selected bull sale of the season at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 21, at the Bloomfield Livestock Auction Market in Bloomfield. The sale features bulls that have met standards indicating they will provide genetics with high economic value to farm operations with either commercial cow-calf or seedstock production.

Under the ICA Bull Evaluation Program, which has been in place since 1985, each bull must undergo a rigid evaluation process, says Kellie Carolan, ICA seedstock manager. "First, the bulls are placed on-test to evaluate their growth potential. Once the bulls finish the testing period, they undergo an ultrasound exam to gather carcass merit information as it relates to ribeye area size, amount of back fat, and the amount of intramuscular fat," says Carolan.

"Again this year, breeders have consigned an excellent set of bulls that are sired by many of the top pedigrees in the business," she says. "Buyers will find high performance bulls, many of which excel in calving ease and carcass traits. This sale offering of yearling bulls had an average gain of 4.66 pound per day on-test. The fall bulls are big, rugged and averaging 1,550 pounds."

Bulls selected based on carcass, growth and reproductive merit

Carolan, who oversees the ICA performance evaluation program, says the goal is to provide bulls that meet the program's two basic objectives: 1) evaluate high-quality bulls in a common environment to benefit seedstock producers and; 2) identify and merchandise a select group of bulls, which excel in traits that have a high economic value.

The bulls in the ICA sale carry the ICA 'Symbol of Excellence.' They are selected based on carcass, growth and reproductive merit.

In the Bloomfield sale, 25 head of yearling bulls and 10 head of 18-month-old bulls will be offered. The yearlings represent two breeds: 20 Angus and five Simmental. These bulls were tested from Nov. 1, 2010 to Feb. 21, 2011, at Van Meter Feedyard near Guthrie Center, Iowa. The bull tests are run under the supervision of the Charlie Van Meter family and his staff. The 10 older bulls were on-test from Nov. 1, 2010 to Feb. 23, 2011, at the Kirkwood Community College Tippie Beef Center under the supervision of Terry Chapman and his students.

Remaining ICA bull sales are April 16 at Dunlap, May 6 at Tama

Breeders of the highest-gaining, qualified bull from each breed will be honored prior to the sale by ICA and Pfizer Animal Health, the official pharmaceutical sponsor of the ICA performance program.

Lot 16, an Angus bull, sired by "Sitz Upward 307R" was high-gaining Angus bull and overall bull for the Bloomfield test. This Jan. 2010 bull gained 5.65 pounds per day and was consigned by Dennis & Jennifer Deppe of Waverly. Mark Muhlenbruch of Dows owns the high-gaining Simmental bull at 4.96 pounds per day. Lot 59, a Jan. 2010 bull, is sired by "PVF-PF BF 26 Black Joker." The top-performing fall bull was consigned by John Witt of Arcadia. This Oct. 2009 son of "R M P Alliance 6081 05" gained 5.33 pound per day on the 114-day fall bull test.

The remaining sales in the ICA bull sale season will be April 16 at the Dunlap Livestock Auction in Dunlap, and May 6 at the Tama Livestock Auction in Tama. A group of performance-tested open heifers will also sell prior to the Tama bull sale on May 6. For information about the ICA Bull Evaluation Program or to get a sale catalog, contact the ICA office at 515-296-2266. You may also view the Bloomfield catalog and other bull and heifer test information on the ICA website.